Some Hope for Raif Badawi? Saudi Leaders Will Review His Case January 16, 2015

Some Hope for Raif Badawi? Saudi Leaders Will Review His Case

A few eyebrows were raised this morning when Raif Badawi‘s second set of 50 lashes were postponed for “medical reasons.”

A doctor who examined him before the scheduled flogging determined that his wounds had not yet healed and that the flogging should be delayed, human rights group Amnesty International said.

“The doctor concluded that the wounds had not yet healed properly and that he would not be able to withstand another round of lashes at this time,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haida, said from her home in Canada that she expects the floggings to resume next Friday.

If that’s true, perhaps there’s a bit of relief, but there’s no change in his situation.

But now we have word that the Saudi Supreme Court may be reviewing Badawi’s case:

The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes has been referred to the Supreme Court by the king’s office, the BBC has learned.

Blogger Raif Badawi’s wife said the decision had given him hope that the authorities want to end his punishment.

I’m not necessarily optimistic given that the Saudi Supreme Court doles out justice about as much as Ken Ham says something scientifically accurate, but maybe the international pressure is finally getting to the nation’s leaders…

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